In a world of rapid growth and changes, there are some careers that will always be needed in the healthcare industry. Many of them do not require a bachelor’s degree.  Listed below are 12 career choices that will allow you to begin earning a paycheck with an Associate’s degree or less! Whether you are just beginning your career search as a high school graduate or looking to change paths by switching careers at any point during your working life. You are probably looking for an option that can get you into the workforce quickly and what better way than a good paying job in the medical field?

Registered Nurse
Education: Associates degree at a minimum
2018 Median salary $71,730

Nursing Assistant
Education: Non-Degree Training Program
2018 Median salary $28,530

Medical Secretary
Education: Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate
2018 Median salary $35,760

Medical Assistant
Education: Medical Assisting Diploma
2018 Median salary $33,610

Health Information Technician
Education: Health Information Technician Associates degree
2018 Median salary $40,350

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Education: Practical Nursing Diploma
2018 Median Salary $46,240

Pharmacy Technician
Education: Pharmacy Technician Certificate
2018 Median salary $32,700

Medical or Laboratory Technician
Education: Medical Laboratory Technician Associates degree
2018 Median salary $52,330

Radiologic Technologist
Education:  Radiologic Technologist Associates degree
2018 Median salary $61,240

Surgical Technologist
Education: Surgical technologist Associates degree
2018 Median salary $47,300

Physical Therapist Assistant
Education: Physical Therapist Assistants associates degree
2018 Median salary $ 58,040

Medical Coder
Education: Medical Coding Certificate
2018 Median salary $40,350

A job in healthcare does not equate to spending several years in school.  There are a lot of fields to choose from to get you on the fast track to earning a living with the added bonus of a very satisfying job knowing that you are helping people every day!

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [accessed February, 2020] Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.